Cricket club’s £72,000 revamp

Chairman of Philadelphia CC Malcolm Pratt on the new disabled access to the cricket ground club house.
Chairman of Philadelphia CC Malcolm Pratt on the new disabled access to the cricket ground club house.
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MEMBERS of a Wearside cricket club say they are bowled over with improvements to their ground.

Philadelphia Cricket and Community Club are celebrating after further improvements to the club house, thanks to big money grants from the Sita Trust and Sunderland City Council.

Chairman of Philadelphia CC Malcolm Pratt on the new kitchens at the cricket ground club house.

Chairman of Philadelphia CC Malcolm Pratt on the new kitchens at the cricket ground club house.

Last year, a Sport England Grant of £50,000 paid for a new kitchen, disabled toilet and disabled access to both the club house and field, which is at Bunker Hill, just off Philadelphia Lane.

Work has now been completed on the refurbishment of the toilets after grants of £20,000 from Sita and £2,000 from the council respectively.

It is now hoped that the site will attract more visitors throughout the year, as well as the cricket season in the summer.

Chairman of the club Malcolm Pratt said: “Without the support from the council and Sita we could not have had the work carried out.

The club is the hub of the community and following the improvements more and more members and organisations are using the premises

“The club is the hub of the community and, following the improvements, more and more members and organisations are using the premises.

“We are particularly attractive for celebration parties, and anyone wishing to book a function should ring our manager, Lisa Walker, on 584 1348.”